Graduate Certificate in Public Policy Analysis


This certificate provides an opportunity for students in diverse graduate programs at Northeastern University to obtain the tools necessary to analyze and shape public policy at the local, state and national levels.  Students will also gain understanding of the political and legal process of policymaking, develop skills central to conducting research on policy questions, and learn techniques for evaluating the effectiveness of competing policies. The objectives of the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy Analysis are to:

  • Use economic analysis to analyze and justify public policies
  • Understand how policy is made through legislation, litigation, the ballot box and civil action in different policy areas.
  • Use statistical analysis to understand and conduct social science and policy research
  • Conduct program evaluations and design research projects.


Students enrolled in NU graduate degree programs in good standing (B or better GPA) are eligible for the certificate. The certificate requires four courses, totaling 12 semester hours.

  • LPSC 6313 Economic Analysis for Policy and Planning  (3 SH)
  • LPSC 7305 Research and Statistical Methods (3 SH)
  • LPSC 7311 Strategizing Public Policy  (3 SH)
  • POLS 7203 Techniques of Policy Analysis  (3 SH)
  • POLS 7318 Program Evaluation  (3 SH)
  • PPUA 6205 Research Design and Methodology (3 SH)

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